A retro radio you possibly can take on-the-go

Verdict

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When you benefit from the classic aesthetic of Roberts’ Revival vary however need one thing slightly extra compact for on-the-go listening, look no additional than the Revival Petite.

Execs

  • Vibrant, retro design
  • Massive sound for its measurement
  • Lengthy battery life

Cons

  • Pouch bought individually
  • It isn’t waterproof
  • No quick/wi-fi charging

Availability

  • UKRRP: £99.99
  • EuropeRRP: €149

  • DAB/DAB+/FM radioHearken to digital and FM radio with 20 presets

  • Bluetooth speakerJoin your cellphone to stream music and podcasts

  • Bass radiator Designed to supply a richer sound

  • Transportable designAs much as 20 hours of battery life with Micro USB charging

Introduction

Roberts Radio has been producing its Revival vary since 1956, making the Petite the most recent (and smallest) replace to the sixty year-old plus lineage of radios. 

Regardless of its measurement, the Revival Petite’s retro design and vibrant array of colors makes it an attention grabbing gadget. Roberts referred to as the radio and Bluetooth speaker “compact however highly effective” when it launched in 2021, however can its sound outperform its tiny measurement? 

Design

  • The design is daring and retro 
  • The radio doesn’t have an IP score for mud or water resistance 
  • The protecting pouch is bought individually 

The Petite options the identical retro look as the remainder of the Revival collection with its vibrant fake leather-based end and the gold Roberts signature emblazoned on the entrance, squeezed right into a smaller, extra travel-friendly kind issue. Actually, its almost half the scale and weight of the Revival Mini. 

It has a large, rectangular form and, not like the opposite radios within the collection, there’s no carry deal with on the highest. Nevertheless, its sufficiently small to slot in one hand so I don’t suppose a deal with is important. 

The show and controls have moved from the highest of the radio to the entrance – a element I fairly favored because it allowed me to see what I used to be listening to at a look when the radio was at eye stage. 

Roberts Revival Petite in hand

The Petite is obtainable in six lovely finishes: Pop Orange, Duck Egg, Midnight Blue, Black, Sunburst Yellow and Dusky Pink. I acquired the Pop Orange mannequin, a daring tangerine shade complimented by bronze stripes alongside the highest and sides. 

The Petite has a reassuring weight to it at 436g, however is mild sufficient to hold in a single hand or slip into your bag for a day on the park. The rubber coating does a superb job of defending the underside of the radio from scuffs, although there’s no IP score so I’d be hesitant taking it wherever it might get moist, just like the seashore.

Roberts Revival Petite bottom 2

A gripe I’ve with the radio is that the Revival Petite Journey Pouch isn’t included. It’s a 100% cotton drawstring bag created in partnership with Bag of Ethics and, whereas I love Roberts’ sustainability efforts, £9.99 is dear for the safety the bag provides. I’d have most well-liked it was included and never an non-obligatory additional, or on the very least have the choice of buying a tough case that provides extra safety for a similar value. 

Options 

  • Can be utilized as a DAB/DAB+/FM radio or a Bluetooth speaker
  • It comes with 20 radio station presets 
  • The battery lasts nearer to twenty-eight hours than 20 

There are two methods you should utilize the Revival Petite – as a radio or as a speaker. The Petite helps DAB, DAB+ and FM radio, Bluetooth wi-fi listening and contains an aux port on the again for wired playback. 

All you might want to do is swap on the gadget and press the ‘modes’ button to toggle by way of the supply settings, which embrace Bluetooth, aux, radio and a set of 20 station presets. 

Roberts Revival Petite bottom 1

Different controls embrace quantity buttons and a big dial to skip between tracks in case you’re utilizing the speaker operate or open up the checklist of presets in case you’re listening in DAB mode. 

It’s also possible to scan for different stations by switching to FM mode and rotating the dial. As soon as you discover the station you need, you possibly can push and maintain the dial to put it aside as a preset, and there’s an antenna within the field you possibly can connect with the again. 

I loved how few controls there have been because it saved the expertise easy, although it took me just a few periods to get used to utilizing the dial to rotate by way of tracks or stations, as I usually discovered myself reaching for it to regulate the amount on intuition and skipping forward of myself. 

Roberts Revival Petite top

I additionally discovered that the amount was a lot quieter when utilizing the Petite as a speaker versus a radio, so I wanted to regulate the amount as I moved between the 2 modes. 

I used to be very impressed with the battery life on the Petite, which Roberts claims ought to final 20 hours. In actuality, I discovered the radio ran for nearer to twenty-eight hours whereas enjoying audio persistently at a medium quantity, so I used to be in a position to get properly over a days use out of the Petite with out stopping to recharge. 

Roberts Revival Petite rear

The radio is charged by way of Micro USB, which is a small annoyance if, like me, you have got an abundance of USB-C cables strewn round your property. There’s additionally no assist for quick charging or wi-fi charging, so don’t count on to get a full cost in case you plug it in earlier than heading out the door. 

Nevertheless, the battery life is longer and extra handy than the add-on energy pack required to take one in every of our present finest DAB radios, the Roberts Stream 94i, on the go. 

Sound high quality

  • The radio encompasses a bass radiator for extra energy 
  • The sound is crisp and detailed 
  • The bass sounds nice, too 

The Revival Petite packs a stunning quantity of punch for a radio of its measurement with a bass radiator for extra energy. 

Get Into It (Yuh) by Doja Cat sounds bouncy and energetic by way of the Revival Petite. The speaker picks up each breath and croak in Doja’s voice, delivering a good quantity of element. The tonal steadiness is sweet too, with the bass making itself referred to as it bumps under the observe. 

Roberts Revival Petite angle

Subsequent, I converted to Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain, a music that allowed the low finish to actually shine. The bass is dimensional producing a satisfying quantity of element definition, and the construct up from the nimble guitar riff and symbols to the bass solo on the bridge is dynamic for a tool of its measurement. 

Roberts Revival Petite logo detail

The audio high quality will depend upon the bitrate and encoded on the station you’re tuned in to and the soundstage does really feel barely cramped, however the Petite sounds nice total.

I’m not satisfied that it’s highly effective sufficient to entertain a big get together, however it may definitely maintain its personal throughout small gatherings and can be ideally suited for slipping right into a bag for a sunny day on the park.

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Do you have to purchase it?

You need vivid and succesful radio: The Revival Petite is a conveyable radio with a vibrant, retro design and sufficient energy behind it to fill a room.

You need a rugged radio: The Petite feels sturdy for its measurement, however there’s no mud or water resistance score and it doesn’t include a protecting case.

Closing Ideas

The Roberts Radio Petite is an extremely eye-catching radio with a daring classic design out there in a wide selection of colors to suit your residence.

It’s additionally sufficiently small to be taken on-the-go, although the dearth of IP score means I’d hesitate taking wherever it would get splashed. 

The radio sounds nice and helps DAB, DAB+ and FM radio with a spread of 20 presets on board and the flexibility to set your individual. It additionally features as a Bluetooth or wired speaker and there’s an antenna included within the field. 

The controls are simple to make use of and I discovered the battery life lengthy outlasted Roberts’ claims, however there’s no wi-fi or quick charging out there right here.

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Drained the battery to find out how lengthy it lasts

Listened to the radio and thru streaming apps with Bluetooth

FAQs

How lengthy is the battery life on the Roberts Revival Petite?

The Revival Petite has 20 hours of battery life, however we discovered it lasted nearer to twenty-eight hours.

Does the Revival Petite assist wi-fi charging?

No, the Revival Petite doesn’t assist Qi wi-fi charging. You’ll want to make use of the Micro-USB cable within the field to cost the radio.

What colors is the Revival Petite out there in?

The radio is obtainable in six vibrant shades: Pop Orange, Duck Egg, Midnight Blue, Black, Sunburst Yellow and Dusky Pink.

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Bluetooth

Bluetooth – named after Tenth-century Danish king Harald Bluetooth who united Denmark’s tribes right into a single kingdom – is a technique of wi-fi transmission that permits for the trade of knowledge between gadgets over brief distances.

IP score

An abbreviation for ‘Ingress Safety Code’, which helps you to know to what extent a tool is perhaps waterproof or dustproof.

USB-C

The fashionable USB connector you’ll discover on most Android telephones, new laptops, cameras and video games consoles. It’s reversible and used for charging together with data-transfer.

Qi Wi-fi Charging

 

The commonest format for wi-fi charging and the one supported by the vast majority of gadgets. Cost speeds fluctuate so much by the cellphone.